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"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and thencometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up youreyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already harvest" (John 4:35).
In this one verse, we have lessons concerning the sovereign will of God and the sure success of Christ in the salvation of chosen sinners. Our Savior had just said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (v 34). A hungry man could not with greater eagerness and delight eat a delicious meal, than the Savior went about doing the will of God the Father. His delight and satisfaction was to finish salvation’s work, and finish it He did. Redemption was fully accomplished by the doing and dying of our Lord Jesus Christ. The whole of God’s work was done by Him alone, and done exactly as the LORD God commanded it, with all faithfulness and integrity, with the utmost wisdom and prudence, with all diligence and steadfastness, so as to finish it, without the aid of anyone. He has trodden the winepress of the wrath of God alone, and He was happy to do it as the willing Substitute of His people. He finished the salvation of God’s elect in such a manner that nothing can be added to make it more perfect, and it can never be undone. “It is finished,” was His cry (John 19:30).
But in the context of our text, our Lord is specifically referring to the work of the gospel ministry and the conversion of sinners by His grace. He had just saved the Samaritan woman, and there were other Samaritans in town for whom the time of love had come. It was the conversion of these chosen sinners to which the Savior referred, saying, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (v 35). They had heard the testimony of the woman and were crossing the adjacent fields to “come see a man” that told her all things she ever did (v 29). The satisfaction and delight of our Savior is the work of conversion and faith that He alone performs in the hearts of His elect. And He will most certainly finish the good work that He begins (Php 1:6). Call His Name JESUS, for He shall save His people from their sins (Matt 1:21). Our Savior gives us three lessons about the gospel harvest and His sure success:
A PIERCING QUESTION
First, our Lord asks a searching question. He said, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?” (v 35). It was common knowledge that harvest was yet four months away. The fields were still green. It would take much more needed time for the wheat to ripen before it could be harvested. It wasn’t time to labor in the field. Why then did the Lord ask this question? It certainly wasn’t for farming information. It was to expose the sin and ignorance of His disciples. How often do we say with reference to our labor in the gospel, “Perhaps the Lord will use this and do a work,” viewing our God’s providence as unripe, and harvest time as far away? We demonstrate our own ignorance and sinfulness by such talk. We show our own laziness with regard to the things of God. The disciples were ready to eat and rest when it was time to labor. But the Savior did not allow His followers to remain in such a condition. He took this time to teach them of the Father’s will and of His saving power, instructing their hearts in the work of the ministry. God teach us to do His will with a fervor and devotion that is worthy of our dear Savior. “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Eph 5:14-17).
THE COMMAND OF OUR SAVIOR
Second, our Savior commands us to lift up our eyes and look on things according to the word of God. He said, “Behold, I say unto you.” He calls us to look on things with eyes of faith, believing Him. View this world and God’s dealings of providence according to the Savior’s true word. The reason we so often err in our lives and foolishly stray from God’s revealed will, is our own ignorance and unbelief with regard to God’s word. Christ says, “Behold, I say unto you.” Behold now what God says and view all things rightly, by faith. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
HARVEST TIME IS NOW!
Third, the Lord exhorts us concerning the blessed privilege and honor God has given us wherein to labor for His glory. Our Savior tells us today, “The fields are white already to harvest.” The salvation of God’s elect is now! The calling out of the Church is now! All the events that are happening right now are the constant ripening of God’s will for the salvation of chosen sinners. Now is the time to serve our Redeemer, bringing in the sheaves by His omnipotent grace. Consider a few things about our Lord’s statement: